Last night on the farm, Matt Harvey remained in beast-mode as the affiliates split their four games.
Buffalo 4, Lehigh Valley 2
The Bisons put together a nice win Friday night on the strength of five innings of one-run ball from Josh Stinson and a couple key hits from Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Evans and Lucas Duda. Nieuwenhuis’ single extended his hitting streak to twelve games. The most pressing major league news to come out of the tangle with the Iron Pigs, however, came when Ronny Paulino exited the game with a strained side muscle, delaying his eventual Citi Field arrival even further.
Binghamton 0, New Hampshire 2
The B-Mets simply had no answer for Fisher Cats starter Chad Beck, who tossed seven scoreless innings in Manchester Friday to give his team a 2-0 shutout win. Robert Carson had a solid outing of his own, giving up just two earned runs in six innings while striking out 8, continuing his pattern of early success. On the offensive side of the ball, Josh Satin was the only player to figure out Beck, notching three of the B-Mets’ seven hits, including two doubles.
St. Lucie 7, Charlotte 2
What more can you say about Matt Harvey? After four starts it seems readily apparent that he has a thorough mastery of single-A, having struck out 27 in 22 innings and allowed zero earned runs (his six shutout innings with seven Ks Friday contributed substantially to those figures. With the early selection of Harvey being openly questioned by a number of pundits, Harvey’s dominant start has been a critical confidence booster, and it’s hard to imagine that he is not bound to remain in St. Lucie for very long.
The St. Lucie offense also had a solid night. The marquee position players in the lineup all distinguished themselves, with Cesar Puello notching four hits and scoring two runs, Matt Den Dekker driving in two and Wilmer Flores and Jefry Marte each notching an RBI of their own. It was just a thoroughly encouraging night for Mets fans in North Carolina.
Lexington 6, Savannah 3
The Sand Gnats took an early lead but fell pray to a Legends comeback at home Friday, with Chris Wallace leading Lexington to victory with a homer and two triples. Wilfredo Tovar had a banner day for the Gnats, going 2-2 with two walks and a run scored; Cory Vaughn added a double and recored two RBIs on the day. Gonzalez Germen started for the Gnats and gave them five solid innings, allowing just a run on five hits and three walks. Chase Huchingson was not so fortunate, letting in five earned runs in his four innings of long relief, allowing the game to slip away.